Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook

This easy-to-use, authoritative guide provides the information you need to care for your dog at all ages and stages, from pediatric to geriatric. This fully revised and updated Fourth Edition covers common canine problems and ailments in language you can understand.

It includes current information on: – Treatments for cancer and kidney disease -Raw diets -Canine influenza -Vaccine protocols – Flea, tick, and heartworm preventives -Drugs and surgical techniques -Supplements and nutraceuticals – Arthritis medications and supplements -Holistic treatments -The canine senses – Possible organic causes of behavior problems – Breed predispositions for specific genetic conditions -Genetic testing for specific diseases -Cognitive dysfunction in senior dogs

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10 reviews for Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook

  1. Kathy

    I bought this book many years ago and still use it today. I like the index in the back to help find certain signs and symptoms for the dog.

  2. K. McCarthy

    I have 4 rescued border collies of various ages and backgrounds, who like many of you, couldn’t imagine life without them. They are all on a health plan with a local vet, and receive the best of care and nutrition.I am here to share a recent experience with you to illustrate how crucial this book is for any dog owner!!One of my dogs, a 5 year old, was gaining weight, changing in his demeanor and becoming lazy and passive. Just not himself for the last 6-9 months or so. He had his yearly exam and blood work done in Dec. Nothing remarkable, Vet noted his weight gain.A few months back I noticed also that his tail fur appeared to be thinning. Nothing obvious like patches, etc, I chalked it up to his weight gain and thought to myself it just looks smaller due to his weight gain.Over the past few weeks I had noted even further thinning of the tail fur and was now convinced that he was losing tail fur. So, I did a Google search on thinning tail fur, and through some forum threads and blogs, had narrowed it down to Cushings Syndrome or hypothyroidism.I then pulled this book from the book shelf to learn about both. First checked Cushings…seemed far fetched, not real applicable.Turned back one page and there was Hypothyroidism. It clearly and concisely gave me exactly what the symptoms are, what the vet would do to check it, and treatment.Just what you would expect from a book of this sort…BUT…HERE is where the REAL story begins, read on dear reader. :)So, reading the book, I was convinced my dog should be tested for hypothyroidism.In the book, one of the possible precursors to HT (hypothyroidism) is a high cholesterol reading.Also in the book, it says the test for HT is the Total T4. If this comes back low, the results must be narrowed with an FT4, or there are other blood tests which can also more accurately detect the thyroid condition. The book details these.My wife usually deals with the vet, so I asked my wife to call the vet and ask what the cholesterol reading was from his Dec blood work. Vet said it was normal, and asked why. Wife said “K is concerned about Fido, and wanted to know if it was high as a possible indicator of HT, concerned about his weight gain, his tail fur loss, etc”Vet says “cholesterol has nothing to do with HT, don’t know what book HE’S reading…”Wife says “Well, he wants you to run a Total T4 immediately, when can we bring him in?”We bring him in, blood is drawnI receive voicemail from Vet 3 days later: “Hello, this is Dr Anonymous calling back about your dog Fido. Yes…and to let you know, uh…er that yes, we…the test is true…Fido does have hypothyroidism…this explains a lot about his weight gain an lethargy. I’m going to prescribe a treatment…he should lose that weight soon, his fur will come back full, and he will regain his energy, etc”Umm…yeah…..that BOOK you asked about earlier…DOC…?? THIS is THAT book.So, I know, long story…but I thought the irony of a Dr snarkily asking my wife what book *I* was reading from…and the days later fumbling over his words to leave the message that, basically…I was right, and he would begin treatment.That feels great, but it’s NOT about this guy’s abilities as a vet, or me being right.What it IS about is pointing out that, even with a health plan, and everything you all do for your dogs, at the end of the day, it is really up to YOU, their guardian, bestest friend, and the head of their forever family, to make sure they get the care they deserve.I don’t know why the vet missed it, or didn’t diagnose it himself in Dec. I’m not casting judgment on him. I can only say that because.of the information in this amazing book, I was able to proceed with an appropriate course of action, in conjunction with my vet, to get my dog fixed.Fido, in one month of treatment, has lost much of the weight he put on, his tail is filling back out, his eyes sparkle with youth again, and he is like a whole new dog again!I use this book for all sorts of things big and small. The information is laid out perfectly, as you’d expect with a reference book of this nature. It is both very technical and easy to read. It is very well presented, and the indexes are very thorough and complete.If you are hesitating on this book, don’t! Your 4 legged buddies really depend on you, and this book really delivers both peace of mind for you, as we l as knowing when, and how, to act when needed. You can speak knowledgeably to your Vet on any issue with this book in your library.Thanks for reading, I hope it was beneficial, particularly for those on the fence about buying this brilliant book.

  3. MariaRosa Munoz

    I’m glad I got it, it saves me visiting the vet every time I have an issue with my dog.

  4. OwnedBySibes

    An earlier edition of this book (2nd) was my very first book, along with one on the Siberian Husky, of course (when I adopted my first sibe). The “Dog Owner’s Home Veterninary Handbook 4th Ed” is an outstanding reference for all dog parents; whether you are using the holistic or traditional approach with their general care. The 2nd Edition (1992) I loved, and it got used and abused, since I refered to it many times. This 4th Edition (2007) has all the great useful resources as the 2nd, but with more up to date information.This is a very comprehensive and informative “nose to tail guide” for your dog & covers just about everything you can think of; including: emergencies, parasites, infectious diseases, the skin & coat, the eyes, the ears, the mouth & throat, digestive system, respiratory system, ciculatory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, urinary system, sex & reproduction, pregnancy & whelping, pediatrics, tumors & cancers, geriatrics and medications along with other useful information & resources.Nothing replaces having a good family veterinarian for your dog, but this book is a great guide to help you communicate better with your vet. Whatever concerns you may have with your dog, you will most likely be able to find a good baseline in this book. It’s a great tool for helping figure out what might be the issue, give an idea of what type of treatments your dog may need & even give some helpful information on what you may be able to do prior to seeing the vet (or while waiting to get seen; if, of course, it’s not a concern for an emergency visit).Overall, the more informed you can be about your pet’s health, the better off your dog is. When we are able to do a little researching ourselves (and this handbook is very convenient as a research tool), recognise what is and isn’t healthy and discuss these with our pet’s vet, this also helps the vet with our dog’s care and well being…in many cases, it can also help reach a diagnosis faster…this in turn, means your dog receives the appropriate care much sooner than later.Each chapter is rather informative, and goes into detail that the layman (non profesional) understands. I wouldn’t recommend this book for any in depth nutritional information, but the brief information provided is fair for general basic knowledge (and shouldn’t offend even the holistic). This handbook should be looked at as a guide and resource. It’s not an only book you’ll ever need, but it is a very good one to have in any dog parent’s collection.

  5. Cesar

    This is the first review I write of anything. I bought this book when we got our dog, back in 2008. A few days ago, it helped me save my dog’s life, as he drowned in freezing water, and stopped breathing altogether. After spending 15 years on the shelf, we got it out in this emergency and found out enough about what to do to be able to get him breathing again well enough to survive the drive to the emergency room. Our 15-year old is now back home, sleeping peacefully.

  6. Kevin T. Mcintyre

    This book has saved me a lot more money in vet bills than it cost. Of course, you have to use your common sense when to “do it yourself” and when a vet is needed. As an owner of 7 dogs of various ages, I need all the advise I can get. This book should be in every dog owners library. Another positive is you can have a professional conversation with your vet by looking up the symptoms beforehand and discussing various remedies or ailments.This will also give you a better understanding of what your vet is talking about. Especially those veteranians that like to show off all their schooling by using “big words” so they think their education wasn’t a waste of money. The book also gives you choices in the type of care the vet recommends. My Giant Schnauzer was limping on it’s back leg. By reading the book, it said the vet would administer a anti-inflamatory med, do x-rays, etc.. . I called the vet, explained the problem and asked if it would be safe to give Mattie an Aleve and see if that would help her. The doctor said it would be safe to give her Aleve once in the morning and once in the evening and if she was still limping on Monday to bring her in (this was late Friday when she started doing this). By Sunday she had noticably stopped limping and by Monday the limp was gone. Without reading that book, I would have paid for an after hour vet visit instead of a free phone call. The book paid for itself with that phone call and keeps on giving back “to the pack”. P.S. All my dogs are inside dogs with a large fenced in yard. I mention this because I am always asked if they are outside dogs and I say “yes, when they want to go out they go through the “doggy door” and when they want to come in they just reverse the process.

  7. Amazon Customer

    Happy with thus purchase!! Checked it out at the library first, then bought a copy.

  8. HippyNouveau

    I love this! Couple of things:1- this can be read cover to cover or else as needed. Pretty well indexed and cross referenced. I’ve read it both ways. Very helpful.2- consult your vet before administering some of these meds, as some are known to be toxic to dogs in certain amounts! However it is a great rule.of thumb guide. There are also newer drugs not in it, like Apoquel.3- my brother’s dog saw 3 vets who all failed to diagnose him properly… just the chapter on skin helped me to say, “canine atopy.” My brother came in to see my boss (a vet) and I only told her the dog had a pyoderma, but from all the other signs she said, “canine atopy!” (All previous vets insisted fleas, thyroid, mites… always tested negative…). This book did what 3 other vets failed to do, and said what 1 vet who has now successfully treated said dog said too! Helps a lot to be able to tell your vet in vet speak what I going on.Highly recommended, and I also bought the cat version since this one was so helpful. I haven’t gotten through that one yet but this is definitely a great reference for everything from emergencies and seemingly impossible to diagnose or treat problems, to managing general wellness and little oddities you may not want to pay 45 dollars for a vet to tell you it’s just something small like give the dog some fish oil.

  9. Sueb

    This book goes into great detail about nearly every aspect of you dogs health. It has a list of human medication that can be used on dogs. I have used this list many times with great success.

  10. J. Tew

    Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook may not be a book you will sit down and read from cover to cover but it contains an astounding wealth of information and is well indexed. While it is not a substitute for your veterinarian, it can help you determine the urgency of a vet visit and perhaps allow you to be better informed before you enter the vet’s office.Our two year old Great Dane Tigger developed a single canine viral Papilloma (wart) on his lower lip. We didn’t know what it was but were able to find it in the index quickly and decided to leave it alone and observe it for a few weeks since Tigger is due for a checkup in three weeks anyway. We communicated with our vet via email and he agreed that there was no reason to schedule a special visit since the growth was proceeding exactly as described in the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook.A friend of our observed the exact same symptom on her dog, schedule an appointment with her vet ($75.00) and was told her pup would need to be put under general anesthesia and the bill would be $500.00! Since canine Papillomas generally go away on their own or can be quickly removed by freezing or electrocautery (as our vet confirmed and per the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook) our friend is shopping for another vet less inclined to fleece their clients.I would suggest you page through the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook to become familiar with the layout when you receive it. You probably won’t agree with everything—since some of the material is the opinion of one or two vets—but it contains a wealth of potentially life saving emergency information that is invaluable.

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